Roasted Purple (or Green) Beans

You’ve boiled, blanched, simmered and most likely cooked green beans to death before, but here’s a practically fool-proof method for the most flavorful beans ever.

  • Author: Bruce Cole
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: Californian


  • Fistful of green, purple or whatever color you can find, pole beans.
  • 1 teaspoon+ Olive oil
  • Salt, we use Maldon because we like the crunch of its big flaky crystals
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (optional): basil or parsely, dill, tarragon, cilantro, etc.


  1. Beans: Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Put the beans in a small bowl and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Toss to coat. You’re aiming for beans just barely coated with oil.
  2. Roast: Spread the beans out on a baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes. They are going to shrivel and shrink a bit but should still have a bit of crunch. You can start checking at 8 minutes (grab one and taste) and cook until about 10 minutes at the most, depending on the thickness of the beans.
  3. Serve: Remove the pan from the oven, spread the beans out on a plate or platter, sprinkle with a big pinch of salt, tear any fresh herbs you have and spread over the top and serve.


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